Monday, June 24, 2013

Audi's Supercar R20 Not Coming?

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It's being reported that Audi's new supercar under the codename 'Scorpion' (also known as R20), has been cancelled.
According to inside sources at Audi through Car and Driver the diesel-electric supercar will not be built. Instead, all efforts are focused on a new Sport Quattro concept that will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. (rendering below)
Apparently this decision to halt the 'R20' supercar project was not unanimous, and many at Audi are upset about it. The project has now been shelved with no idea if or when it could be reopened.
The Quattro Hypercar was expected to have 700hp from the combination 3.7L V6 Turbo Diesel (600hp), and electric motor (100hp). It was also engineered at the same level of the new Porsche 918 Spyder.
The timing and decision seem a little odd, given the fact that Audi's R18 did extremely well at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours taking the win. Also with the amount of buzz and opposition inside Audi, it sounds like this might be more of a hurdle rather than roadblock. However, until something comes across as official, there is some (little) hope for production.

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